ONEONTA, NY — The Oneonta Red Dragons (1-2) defeated the Williams College Ephs (2-1) in overtime on Tuesday evening by a score of 74-69.
After seven ties and nine lead changes throughout the game, the Red Dragons took an early lead in overtime that they never relinquished, earning their first victory of the season at home.
After two Matt Karpowicz layups handed the Ephs a 4-0 lead to open the game, Oneonta answered back with seven consecutive points. For the next 6:03 of play, the teams remained locked in a one possession game.
The Ephs pushed their lead to four after three-pointers from Henry Feinberg and Mickey Babek. This shotmaking sprung a 13-3 run for the Ephs, which saw them holding a 24-17 lead with 4:24 to play in the first half. When Nate Karren hit the first long range shot of his college career, the Ephs gained a 27-19 advantage, the largest differential of the half for either team.
Just as it seemed the Ephs may pull away, Oneonta battled back. The Red Dragons ended the half on a 12-3 run, capped off by treys from Dylan Trombley and Kevin Mackin. Oneonta missed just one shot over the last 3:11, as they took a 31-30 lead into the locker room.
The Ephs shot 36.7% in the first period, while the Red Dragons made 35.5% of their shots. Both teams grabbed 15 rebounds.
Early in the second half, the teams exchanged buckets, and no team gained a lead greater than three points for the first 6:20. Oneonta gradually added to their slim lead, however, and a pair of free throws from Mackin gave the Red Dragons a nine point lead, 49-40.
Jovan Jones kept the Ephs afloat in the final minutes of regulation, scoring six of Williams' last eight points. Prowitt-Smith's layup with 28 seconds to play tied the game up, and a Karpowicz rebound off a missed Harrison Deegan layup gave the Ephs a chance to win with 2.9 seconds. Spencer Spivy's half court shot missed the mark, and the teams headed to overtime.
Oneonta missed only once in the additional five minute period, scoring on their first five possessions. That hot streak carried the Red Dragons to a six point lead, and the Ephs never cut the lead under three in the closing minutes, as Oneonta took the game 74-69.
"Everytime we go out and compete, we're trying to be the best version of ourselves, and win or lose, we're going to find a lot we have to improve at," remarked Ephs' head coach Kevin App.
Deegan led the Red Dragons with 23 points, while Mackin had 18.
For the Ephs, Jones secured a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, making an enormous impact on both sides of the floor. Prowitt-Smith added 18 points and 6 rebounds.
"We knew it was going to be a battle, and we didn't execute like we needed to on either end of the floor to win a tough game on the road," said App.
Williams next plays on Saturday, November 23rd in a Little Three matchup at home against Wesleyan at 6 p.m.
"We just have to get a lot better defensively and offensively, more in sync and more in tune, and that will come with practice. I'm proud of our guys for competing and giving ourselves a chance to win against a good team on the road."